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The Resurrection and Marriage (Luke 20)

Looking at Luke 20:27-40 “Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question.” This is Luke’s preface to the next round in the escalating conflict between Jesus and his critics. It provides a … Continue reading

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Taxes to Caesar? Yes or no?

The round of conflict spirals towards its climax. And now, in one of the most well-known traps set for Jesus by his critics, a new and ominous note is struck – the mention of Caesar himself. But, according to China Miéville … Continue reading

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The Consequences of Rebellion (Luke 20)

When Jesus told the story of the vineyard tenants (in Luke 21:9-16), “the teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them.” They recognised … Continue reading

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When Silence is a Lie (Luke 20)

The 20th chapter of Luke starts with an encounter of heightened intensity. It’s one of those Jesus v Religious Authorities  face-offs, but this time it finishes in silence. It’s not the silence of discomfiture but -more likely- of calculated withdrawal … Continue reading

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“Do you know what time it is?” (Luke 19)

 “Do you know what time it is?” It’s a question that I always associate with my mother telling me -indirectly- just how late it was. (And, as Dr Seuss said:”How did it get so late so soon?”) There’s a similar … Continue reading

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The Call to Take Risks (Luke 19)

Why did Jesus tell the Parable of the Talents? The stated reason is in Luke 19:11 “While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom … Continue reading

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“This man too is a son of Abraham” (Luke 19)

How much is a human being worth? We have the phrase “on the scrapheap” to describe someone broken and lost. So how much it that one worth? Vera Nazarian wrote: “A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment … Continue reading

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